1. What were your impressions of the house that the Cullens live in?
I thought that the contrast between having an older home but with a lot of natural light was interesting. Personally, I don't like a lot of natrual light in my home, but that's me. *shrug* When I saw the movie, I was disappointed at how modern the house was -- not at all what I pictured from the book.2. This is the first time Bella meets the Cullens ( other than Carlisle ) and gets to for an impression based on her experience alone. In other words, Edward no longer describes them for her, she gets to see them herself. In this chapter, she mostly interacts with Carlisle and Esme, what were your impressions of them.
I liked them a lot. They seem to have it "together" more than Bella's parents. No issues with distance or ditzyness here.
Esme seems like a kind, warm, welcoming person. Carlisle has his act together, but is also very kind and welcoming to Bella.3. There is a brief mention of Alice having seen the visit of other vampires. What was your reaction to this when you first read it? Did you have any idea that it would turn into the large disaster that takes over until the end of the novel?
I could tell that something was up, that was for sure. I was interested in seeing what more "typical" vampires would be like, and I was concerned for Bella's safety.4. Edward and Bella describe being nervous about meeting/interacting with each other's families as boyfriend and girlfriend. Who do you think is more nervous Edward or Bella and why?
Edward knows that his own family will be very happy for him (except for Rosalie), but he is worried about passing for normal with Bella's dad. Bella, on the other hand, is concerned with how her dad will take it and is also nervous about fitting in with Edwards unusual family. So, I guess Bella is more nervous.